Calculus Made Easy is a book on infinitesimal calculus originally published in by Silvanus P. Thompson. The original text continues to be available as of. Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus on in In the first major revision of . Isaac said: It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the Before there was the beloved Martin Gardner, there was Sylvanus P Thompson.

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He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Account Calcklus Sign in. If you ever wondered what calculus was about find a co I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. Gardner covers some of the issues that have been addressed in the teaching of higher math, and he makes no bones about the need to encourage rather than discourage those who can most benefit from having a practical knowledge of this powerful mathematical tool.

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In the first major revision of the text sinceMartin Gardner – the ‘Mathematical Games’ Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Not only that, Martin Gardener wrote an amazing preface and reviewed the entire book.

The review must be at least 50 characters long. ThompsonMartin Gardner. I have been doing some reading that requires brushing up on my integration. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader.

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MacmillanOct 15, – Mathematics – pages. Aug 28, Donald rated it it was amazing.


Mar 07, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing. Prior to this book, I had attempted to wade through a couple of college entry-level calculus textbooks, but found the style of both authors to be obtuse and obfuscating.

Of all the math books I’ve read, this one is by far the most exciting.

I guess it’s understandable that Gardner wanted to do more than just change the wording given that his name is all over the cover, but he has not improved the book as far as I am concerned. A World of Three Zeros.

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Books by Silvanus Phillips Thompson. You can download a PDF of the calcjlus at http: There are plenty of more modern and more rigorous books on calculus available for free online, but I have never seen one that’s this approachable and charming, truth be told. Please stay away from this edition. Dec 21, Peter is currently reading it Shelves: Calculus Made Easy has been a classic introduction to the subject ever since it was first published by Silvanus P.

This article about a mathematical publication is a stub. Open Preview See a Problem? I definitely plan to use it with my children when they are older.

This book was written for school kids back in It’s still not that easy, but – as Martin Gardner explains in the introduction – this book still outshines any textbook in terms of accessibility and simplicity. It’s been pointed out by others that Martin Gardner’s changes for the edition are of dubious value, and I agree. Revision of a classic primer made more accessible by one of the twentieth century’s greatest mathematicians and thinkers.

If you want to learn calculus read this book first. This book served as a good reminder to what I had learned at school and reads in an enjoyable manner. Gathering for Gardner Martin Gardner bibliography. The book goes into some depth and talks about chain rule, product rule and the quotient rule in Differential Calculus. Silvanus P ThompsonMartin Gardner. My judgement of the cover notwithstanding, Thompson does manage to demystify an intimidating topic. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.


These points also help you know how the definitions or the problems.

Calculus Made Easy

Thompson is one of the individuals represented on the Engineers Walk in Bristol, England. The simplicity that they had mangled has all been straightened out under the compassionate and clear pen of Sylvanus P. I can’t say anything about his 20 new problems, but I would assume that they are a lot harder than anything else in the book. I was attracted to this book by its title, which struck me as unusual forwhen my edition was published, and its contents didn’t disappoint.

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener. No wonder many people still look at math students as possessing a form of ‘genius’ that is both threatening and alienating at the same time. You’ve successfully reported this review.

Martin Gardnerborn inhas written several reviews for The New York Review of Books and was a Scientific American columnist for over twenty-five years.

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